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Sex offender charged after allegedly 'luring' North Port and Englewood minors

Nicholas Sannicandro of Smithfield, RI arrested on a federal criminal complaint.
Nicholas Sannicandro of Smithfield, RI arrested on a federal criminal complaint.(City of North Port)
Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 2:12 PM EDT
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WWSB) - On Tuesday, FBI agents, with the assistance of North Port Police, Rhode Island State Police, and Warwick Police Department, arrested Nicholas Sannicandro, a registered sex offender who police say was “luring” children here in North Port and Englewood.

Sannicandro, 31, began talking with two local minor boys about fishing through Instagram. A suspicious parent contacted the police who began corresponding with the offender using the identity of one of the boys, police said.

Sannicandro was arrested on a federal criminal complaint, and charged with transferring obscene material to a minor and the commission of a specified sexual exploitation offense by a person required to register as a sex offender.

According to court records, Nicholas Sannicandro was convicted in 2011 in Massachusetts for possession of child pornography, and was required to register as a sex offender. Subsequently, he was convicted twice in 2018 in Massachusetts for disseminating matter harmful to a minor.

Proactive parenting and policing were key in intervening early, authorities say.

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